K12IRC.org is a totally free and independent resource, a project of the Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation. We receive no corporate or government funding.
We are an entirely-free-to-use resource for the K-12 community, with no payment, registration or e-mail address requirements.
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Back in the 1995, the Internet as we know it today was just getting organized. There were only 23,500 web sites on the entire Internet (vs. 1.6 billion sites in 2019). Yahoo's tree index – a collection of static web pages – was the "Google" Internet index of the day.
The National Science Foundation saw a need for an index site like Yahoo, but dedicated specifically to educators, explaining the Internet and indexing and organizing education specific resources.
The Virtual Public Library - Instructional Media Center - vpl-imc.org - was the result of that 1995 NSF initiative.
As with most initiatives, funding eventually ended for the web site. Rather than shutting down this resource, one of the original creators of the site, Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum, adopted it. The site is now a project of the Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation.
Over the years this site has gone thru a number of reorganizations – and a couple of name changes – as it reacts to the changes in the Internet and the needs of it's core audience, the K-12 education community.
Today, rather than trying to be all things to all people, we are focused on highlighting best-of-breed resources, ideas for interdisciplinary learning, and to be a clearinghouse for educator concerns and needs.
We receive no funding from government or corporate funding. This allows us to be an independent voice, indexing the-best-of-the-web for the K-12 education community without restrictions or agenda.
Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum - Librarian
Dr. Tenenbaum has maintained the library since its inception and continues to curate content and provide support & guidance.
Lodestone Systems has been involved with the site since 1999 and provides all hosting and coding support.
Chris Daley - Webmaster
Chris Daley, owner of Lodestone Systems, is the webmaster for the site. He's created all of the programming needed for this site and helps maintain the collection.
Richard "Rick" Loek provided the initial programming support when Dr. Tenenbaum first adopted the site.
Cinthia Schmidt was instrumental in the "makeover" of Alice, our site mascot.
Jason Grotte created a great set of icons that were used in an earlier version of this site.
Joaquin Mariscales contributed additional artwork and layout ideas for the site.
This Internet Resource Center was originally developed in part under the auspices of the National Science Foundation through a contract to TERC (Cambridge, MA) with a subcontract to CommerceNet.
No endorsement of the contents of this site by NSF is implied.
The Technical Education Research Centers (now just TERC) was one of the organizations originally involved in creating this Internet Resource Center.
CommerceNet did much of the work to create the original web site, and provided web hosting resources thru May, 2000.